I, Amelia Nhambire, a citizen from the Republic of Mozambique, firstly arrived in India on February 4 of 2014, accompanying my spouse Oliveira Amimo, who is a Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Mozambique High Commission to the Republic of India. Currently I live in Vasant Vihar, New Delhi with my husband, my daughter, and my younger son Oliveira Junior Amimo.

I am attending a MBA program at School of Hospitality Management at G.D. Goenka University, Sohna Road, Gurgaon. Although facing language difficulties, I am having a very good experience dealing with the people of India, an Asian sub-continent with a population of about 1.3 billion which differs from my country, Mozambique with only 23.6 million people, almost equal to the population of New Delhi, a single state of India.

Today, after almost 8 months of stay in India, I learnt that it is a very rich country, economically and mostly in culture. It is a very wide country, with lots of natural resources, from arable lands to natural gas and oil. People here have a very high level of self-esteem and are proud of their language, Hindi which is spoken almost everywhere and all time. People in India give a warm welcome to other people from all over the world. One common characteristic of people in India is the respect and faith.

Transportation including the public is very efficient in India. Due to the number of population that is higher, one could expect many problems in transportation. However, it is always a pleasure to see the public transportation functioning normally and correctly in India even in New Delhi. One never finds very long queues on the bus stops, although there is always a traffic jam on the roads.

Food in India is a big challenge for new comers. Most people are vegetarian and normally have food with a high content of some peri-peri (chilli) whenever possible, which is not easy for a new arrival in the country.

In India, most of the cities and towns like New Delhi are mostly over-populated and crowded, which brings a challenge in living, however, many people always find ways of living. I presume that, very well planned economy assures that everyone gets food everyday, giving indication of existence of good practices of governance.

Schools in India are very good. My experience at G.D. Goenka is becoming very good everyday. Tutors are very attentive to the students and follow their performance keenly. I am pleased to let you know that my hope is to get my MBA certificate at the G.D. Goenka University, that will make me proud of having attended a higher and quality University in India. I wish I could pursue my studies while staying in India and probably to the PhD level.

Blog Writer: Amelia Nhambire Amimo, MBA in Hospitality, SOH

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